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Current Affairs

Miloš Zeman, photo: Filip Jandourek

Opinion divided over Zeman and Klaus attending “pro-Putin” conference

29-09-2016 14:16 | Ian Willoughby

Current Czech president Miloš Zeman and his predecessor Václav Klaus travelled to Greece together on Thursday for a conference organised by an associate of Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The pair have been criticised for attending the event, but their supporters say the matter has been blown out of proportion.  More

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Cyberattacks in Czech Republic on rise

29-09-2016 15:56 | Jan Velinger

The European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol, has warned of the relentless threat of cybercrime, identifying eight major trends in an annual report: from payment fraud to crime-as-a-service which it says could be accessed by terrorist groups. In recent years, the Czech Republic, like other countries has seen a rise in cyberattacks – doubling last year since 2012.   More


Photo: archive of the NGO Freedom for Animals

Animal rights activists hope public opinion will push lawmakers to approve ban on fur farms

29-09-2016 12:49 | Daniela Lazarová

Deputies in the lower house are set to debate a bill that would ban fur farming in the Czech Republic. A petition in favour of such a move has been signed by 50 deputies across the political spectrum, but a seminar preceding the debate revealed that it still has many opponents.   More


Church of St. Wenceslas, photo: Hana Němečková, CC BY-SA 4.0

Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav - a place of pilgrimage

28-09-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

September 28 is the Feast Day of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. The son of a duke, Wenceslas ruled the country from 922, when he was 15, to his untimely death at the hands of his brother Boleslav on September 28, 935. The day is celebrated as 'Czech Statehood day', and is a public holiday.   More

In Focus

Plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař in St Andrews, photo: archive of Czech Foreign Ministry

St Andrews commemorates Czech Hussite emissary burned at stake for heresy

27-09-2016 15:42 | Ruth Fraňková

A plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař, a Czech scholar and Hussite emissary from Bohemia, was recently unveiled in St Andrews in Scotland, close to the spot in Market Street where he was burned at the stake for heresy in 1433. The university master was...  More

One on One

František Janouch, photo: Petra Čechová

František Janouch, part 1: My work with Charter Foundation like wartime solidarity when dad was in concentration camps

26-09-2016 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

A nuclear scientist, František Janouch is perhaps best-known for the Charter 77 Foundation, which he set up in exile in Sweden to provide dissidents in his native Czechoslovakia with financial support and technical equipment in the latter years of the communist regime. In this the first half of a two-part interview, Mr. Janouch – who turned 85 last week – recalls the war, his years in the Communist Party, his forced emigration and the beginnings of the Charter 77 Foundation.   More


Photo: Kristýna Maková


24-09-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

In Magazine: To shave or not to shave? Firefighters lobby against the no-beards rule. Wine-makers in Moravia celebrate the ancient tradition of young girls crushing grapes with their bare feet. Nationwide celebrations of Czech beer are in full swing...  More

Czech Books

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz, photo: David Vaughan

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz: of unknown origin in a strange wood without leaves

24-09-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

This year’s George Theiner Prize, which honours people who have helped to promote Czech literature abroad, went to Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz. At the University of British Columbia she has devoted decades to promoting, translating and writing about modern...  More

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